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NEWS WEBSITE PAYWALLS: Business Model vs. Social Media?

I just ran into the ugly paywall at 2 newspapers when trying to do research for a story.

It used to be, in the day of the typewriter, you could go to the local or college library and pull all the clips, papers, periodicals, microfiche, etc. you needed to research a story – for free.

Now with the Internet and the new paywalls that news and content providers are putting up, you’ll have to pay for it. Seems kinda crazy, huh?

Paywalls will cause a lot of trouble for news aggregators; but, what about writers working on stories and social media users that want to share a story with their followers or friends (from Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc.)?

Doesn’t that cut down on traffic to a news site and therefore fresh eyeballs to advertisers?

Will every “share” have to be paid for if someone clicks on the link?

I get the business model problem for news producers.  Content is expensive to get and produce. They don’t want to give it away for free.

But I don’t get how a paywall fits in with what happens on social networking today where it’s a free-for-all of content sharing.

Sharing “out” from a news site is very understandable. The subscriber pays to be there and shares what he or she finds out with their networks.  It’s sharing “in” to a news site that causes a problem in my mind.  The followers and friends that click the link will then have to pay – typically  a monthly subscription?  Who would do that?

There are over 1,400 news outlets producing content in the U.S.  Twenty percent are expected to have paywalls by the end of this year.  Warren Buffett just bought dozens of papers and he believes in paywalls.

If you do a lot of sharing and exploring today, you probably won’t be doing it in the future.  Too expensive.   Imagine having to whip out your credit card every time you click a link from a friend.

Seems like there will be a clash between news producers and social media users.

More questions than answers…  What do you think?

Filed under: Content Marketing, Future Vision, Internet, Micro Blog (Twitter), Publishing, , , , , ,

Direct To-the-Point Writing

Don’t spend 140 characters teasing a subject on Twitter and then 140 paragraphs before you get to the point when the viewer clicks your link.

I’ve been seeing a lot of links to bloated writing lately. Stop!

Don’t tell jokes, anecdotes, unrelated opinions, etc. before getting to the point. Keep it short and direct to the subject or you’ll loose your viewer.

Make your point first, then you can expand on the subject with the other stuff.

Enough said.

Filed under: Blogging, Brand Journalism, Content Development, Micro Blog (Twitter), Writing, , , , ,

Google+ Gets a B Plus from Brown Ltd.

We are starting off our review with the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard because the title is intriguing:  “What Google+ could do for news.”  It peaked our interest because if it can do it for “news” it will do it for “brand journalism” – one of our specialties.

We give Google+ a B+ because it’s a project, not a finished app.  Definitely not a killer app.  Not yet.  Remember MySpace, OS/2 (what you never heard of it? – my point exactly), etc?

Google+ will be a strong player in marketing and PR.  Much better than Google Buzz.  We’ll have to wait and see what develops and how innovative marketing and PR pros develop its use in the integrated marketing mix.  I have some initial Ning like ideas, especially with the Circles feature, but that will be a later post.

Take a look at these reviews, see it for yourself, and let me know what you think:

“TechCrunch had one of the first and best explanations of what Google+ is all about, and Wired’s Steven Levy wrote the most comprehensive account of the thinking at Google behind Plus: It’s the product of a fundamental philosophical shift from the web as information to the web as people.”
Mark Coddington
, Nieman Journalism Lab, Harvard: What Google+ could do for news
http://bit.ly/oV3j71

“Google, the world’s largest search company, is formally making its pitch to become a major force in social networking. The product it announced Tuesday is called Google+, and observers might wonder whether it’s simply one more social effort by a company that’s had a lousy track record in that field to date.”
Steven Levy
, Wired: Inside Google+ — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/06/inside-google-plus-social/all/1

“Google+ is a bold and dramatic attempt at social. There’s a reason why Google calls this a “project” rather than a “product” — they don’t want people to think of this as the final product, but as a constantly-evolving entity that permeates every corner of the Google empire. Overall, Google+ is solid. But I’m not going to call it a Facebook killer or a game-changer.”
Ben Parr, Mashable:
http://mashable.com/2011/06/28/google-plus-review/

“This is the way Google always wanted social networking to work, and this time the company may have pulled it off.”
Jason Hiner, ZDNet: Is Google+ about to transform the Web?:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/is-google-about-to-transform-the-web/52004

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Marketing and PR 2.1

I was recently asked to speak at a trade association conference being held at The Breakers in the Town of Palm Beach.

It was a great group and it gave me the chance to explain:

  • The current state of marketing and public relations
  • How to integrate traditional and new media marketing and public relations
  • How to use content marketing to get more leads, prospects, and sales
  • Using Brand Journalism to reach customers, stakeholders, influencers, and the press
  • The new Marketing Mix 2.1
  • The importance of measurement and analytics
  • Customer Relationship Management and systems

Click below to see the presentation.  Let me know what you think!  Did I miss something?  Anything to add?

Filed under: Advertising, Blogging, Brand Journalism, Branding, Content Development, Content Marketing, Email Marketing & PR, Integrated Marketing & Sales, Internet, Lead Generation, Marketing Measurement, Micro Blog (Twitter), Mobile Marketing, Non-Profit Marketing & PR, Print, Public & Media Relations, Real Estate Marketing, Reputation Management, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Traffic, Video & YouTube, Websites, Writing, , , , , , , , , ,

The 8 Success Criteria For Facebook Page Marketing

This a solid outline for your Facebook effort.

Altimeter Group conducted research, and gleaned input from 34:

– Vendors
– Agencies
– Experts

To determine success criteria and develop a roadmap for Facebook
page best practices.

View more documents from Jeremiah Owyang.
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Filed under: Blogging, Branding, Content Development, Content Marketing, Micro Blog (Twitter), Reputation Management, Social Media Marketing, , , , , , , , ,

Old Spice Goes Viral?

Old Spice goes hip?

You probably don’t remember the lame commercials that Old Spice produced to try and boost their brand and sell more products years ago.  They were not memorable.

But now, Old Spice has a new creative team.  Quite simply, they’re nuts.

They’ve been known to shoot 200 commercials in 2 days.  Then they put them on YouTube.

And they’re getting 2 million, 10 million, and 15 million views – each.  WHAT!!??  This is the definition of a viral campaign.

Click to Read More

Filed under: Advertising, Branding, Integrated Marketing & Sales, Marketing Measurement, Micro Blog (Twitter), Social Media Marketing, Traffic, Writing, , , ,

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"I help organizations increase sales, and pump up the value of their brand, using media, for the lowest cost per customer."

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